Saturday, July 30, 2011
As in the novel, apparently we can simply wish new things into existence--such as people's willingness to buy and drive tiny cars and electric vehicles, the ability to extract more BTUs from a gallon of gas than it contains and the ability to bend large businesses to your will.
Oh yeah..I forgot about those "bailouts" (nudge, nudge; wink, wink) of Chrysler and GM. Never mind that last point.
"We were following the script from 2008. When the market collapsed after TARP failed, that spooked everyone enough to get them to fall in line. We thought the same thing would happen this week," he said.
Why can't they all admit that Obama knows best?
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The police department is investigating a second incident involving an officer already under scrutiny for his conduct during the arrest of a man with a gun.
The circumstances of the incidents differ: One, from June, involves a driver with a license to carry a concealed gun. The other, from July of last year, concerns a backseat passenger without the legal right to be armed in a vehicle.
But they both include video of patrolman Daniel Harless using profanity and threats during an early morning traffic stop.
Once again, good old Officer Harless threatens to kill someone in the video at the link above. While this incident is less clear-cut than the first, it still seems like a gross over-reaction from my perspective.
However, it could be that Officer Harless is simply acting as Cnaton Police Chief Dean McKimm apparently believes he should.
Generally speaking, police officers who encounter a gun need to let the suspect know that they view it as a life and death situation, that they are taking control and that they will do what is necessary to make sure the gun isn’t used against them, other officers or bystanders, McKimm said.
Even if the gun is legally carried and is of no threat to the officer, it seems.
Detroit neighborhoods with more people and a better chance of survival will receive different levels of city services than more blighted areas under a plan unveiled Wednesday that some residents fear may pit them against each other for scarce resources.
Mayor Dave Bing released details from his Detroit Works Project, calling the changes a "short-term intervention" necessary because the city, with limited financial resources, a $155 million budget deficit and a dwindling population, was spread dangerously thin.
Let's see..."short term"--check. Limited resources that must be deployed efficiently--check. Write off "blighted areas"--check.
Next step is to change the signs at the Detroit city limits to say "Welcome to Starnesville".
Apparently, the Republicans didn't cut enough....
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Really? That's the best you can do?
With "leadership" like this, we had all better stop fooling around with deck chairs and get to the lifeboat stations right now. I hear the water is cold....
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
But then he explained about a boy whom he said the Taliban forced to step on an IED just down the road from here. Apparently, according to Afghans, the Taliban may have been testing a new bomb made from a soda bottle. The boy’s name is Jalil, and our people estimate that Jalil is 6 to 8-years-old. Jalil was picking grapes with his brother when the Taliban, according to reporting, told the boy to step on the bomb. It blew off his right leg below the knee, leaving hamburger on the stump, and fractured his femur.
I think that has to make one wonder if the message of Anders Behrin Breivik is all that wrong. Pity he had such a stupidly destructive way of getting it noticed.
Monday, July 25, 2011
In other words, would you like some cheese with that whine?
I also wouldn't be surprised to find out that another part of the demand isn't perceived crimes rates and fear that "Things are going to get worse".
Sunday, July 24, 2011
There's a long story behind this one, in which the Wake County (NC) government school system decided that discriminating against kids and their parents based on economic status was wrong. Major local media outlet thinks that wrong is right, and is now complaining that some parent-teacher organizations are helping their associated schools more than others are helping theirs.
Note to socialists everywhere: This is why we work and strive to be successful--so that we can do these things. This is opposed to your ethic, where you steal from us and use it to buy favor in quarters where people do not strive. Beware of the outcome when we decide that we are tired of being stolen from and decide to act on that decision.
To those parents with children in the "rich" schools, a thought. If you can afford to do this, why not put that money to work and put your kids in a private school instead?